Symbian CEO resigns suddenly

The Symbian Foundation was dealt another blow today when its CEO, Lee Williams, suddenly resigned citing only “personal reasons.” His departure is effective immediately. Symbian issued a terse statement:

The Symbian Foundation is today announcing that Lee M. Williams has stepped down from his position as Executive Director for personal reasons. We thank Lee for his work over the past two years and wish him all the best in his future ventures.

The Board of Directors has appointed Tim Holbrow, formerly the Symbian Foundation’s CFO, to the position of Executive Director with immediate effect. We congratulate Tim and welcome him to his new role.

Symbian released Symbian^3 recently but has still suffered a number of significant defections with companies such as Samsung and Sony Ericsson both abandoning the platform recently. Remaining backers include Nokia, Fujitsu and Sharp.

It remains to be seen if Symbian can turn its fortunes around…

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